STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — When Tara VanDerveer told her players to get on the baseline, Chiney Ogwumike figured the Cardinal were about to run sprints. Instead, the Hall of Fame Stanford coach began teaching the proper technique of a jab step.
It seemed so basic. Yet Ogwumike and her senior sister, Nnemkadi, know that each tiny detail and fundamental could make the difference come March — especially for a young roster featuring six freshmen.
After all, these two each spent the summer working to become bigger midrange threats by perfecting their 15-foot jump shots. They should be getting their share of lay-ins, too, for what VanDerveer expects to be one of her most up-tempo, running teams yet.
She will see Friday night, when the fifth-ranked Cardinal open the season at No. 24 Texas.